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NCJ Number: 120795 Find in a Library
Title: Con Games That Target the Elderly
Corporate Author: Washington Office of the Attorney General
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 13
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Document: PDF
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A recent national study indicates that citizens over 65 years of age comprise 65 percent of the U.S. population but that people in this age group represent 30 percent of all con game victims.
Abstract: To attack the growing problem of elderly victimization by con artists, the Washington State Attorney General's Office has established two task forces that travel throughout the State to conduct informational workshops. Most of these presentations are given at senior citizen centers to warn people of con games they may encounter. The most common con games targeting the elderly include telephone solicitation, home improvement, equity skimming, investment, and work at home schemes. The bank examiner scheme is also noted in which a con artist calls senior citizens to request that they withdraw a certain sum of money from their bank account to help the bank catch a teller who is involved in counterfeiting. Information in the booklet is intended to help build a partnership between law enforcement and the business community, with the end goal of helping senior citizen service caseworkers. Sources of additional information on fraudulent activities targeting the elderly are noted.
Main Term(s): Confidence game; Crimes against the elderly
Index Term(s): Elderly victim services; Elderly victims; Washington
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